Satori Staff 2022


Mike Cantlon – Satori Camp Co-founder and Director
After nearly 40 years of teaching gifted student for Spokane School District 81, Mike retired in 2018. Now, Mike is enjoying quasi-retirement by…continuing to teach every chance he gets and to anyone who will listen.
Dr. Bruce Mitchell – Satori Camp Co-founder
Bruce was a life-long teacher who co-founded Satori with Mike Cantlon. Doc was a noted researcher and author in the areas of creativity, gifted education, and multicultural education. We are a family because of Doc and he is sorely missed by the whole Satori family.

*Sara Maleki, Esq. – Satori Camp Associate Director
She is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law and is a partner at GLP Attorneys in Spokane, WA. She has had the pleasure of being the Satori Associate Director for…several years. She is totally 25 years old.


Satori Camp counselors are predominantly certified teachers and students in an education program. We also have several former Satori campers who have worked their way into camp counselor positions.


Dr. Jason Ashley – holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology and is an assistant professor in the biology department at EWU.

*F. Tyler Burnet – holds a MFA from University of Georgia Athens and recently completed the national tours of West Side Story and Sister Act.

Kaitlyn Etter Burnet – has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She was on the National/International tour of Sister Act. She currently teaches theatre in Ridgefield, WA.

*Clay Elliott – has a BA in Archaeology from The Evergreen State College. He is an experienced teacher who taught overseas and is currently teaching for Spokane Public Schools.

*Cassidy Freeman – has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with minors in Statistical Mathematics and Biology and is currently attending Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in rural mixed practice.

*Dakota Fry – Graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Dakota enjoys utilizing art and other creative means to practice self-healing and mindfulness.

*Emily Gilliam – is a play designer and illustrator with a Master of Design in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and over a decade of professional experience in the toy industry.

Carson Grubb – is a Seattle music teacher, performer, and case worker. He graduated in Music from NYU, and is an alumnus of Saint George’s, Odyssey and Tessera.

Dr. Derek Hutchinsonan educator and educational researcher; he wannabe teaches teachers to teach and studies how people learn identity.

*Joe Johnson – graduated from Lawrence University with a BA in Theatre Arts and Psychology, after attending Odyssey and Lewis and Clark High School. An avid supporter of the Portland arts scene, his academic interests include music, language, culture, storytelling, communication, and design.

Andy Lang – holds a BA from The Evergreen State College, an MFA in Creative Writing from EWU, and teaches at Lewis and Clark High School. He’s dug ditches, poured concrete, waded rivers, counted bugs, roofed houses, and published poetry.

David Lott – earned a degree in Chemistry from Gonzaga University and has spent the last 25 years working in the fuel cell industry. His work developing fuel cell technology has helped generate over 20 patents covering a wide variety of topics. He now manages a fuel cell stack development team for Plug Power.

*Jennifer Lott – is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Spokane.  When she isn’t at Satori, she provides counseling to students at Gonzaga University, and is also a lead instructor for the Bright & Quirky Catalyst program. 

Dr. Terrance MacMullan – has loved teaching Philosophy and Honors classes at EWU since 2002. He writes and teaches about the history of philosophy, American Pragmatism and Pop Culture and Philosophy. Currently he focuses on Latin American Philosophy and the philosophies of Star Wars.

*CM Manchester – CM holds a BA in Creative Writing and Literature from The Evergreen State College and has served with City Year Seattle for the 2019-2020 school year teaching 7th grade literacy. 

Greg McGuire – Satori’s beloved DJ brings more than 20 years of experience of DJing Satori dances. In addition, Greg works in Computer Sciences at Gonzaga University.

Jake McNinch – graduated from the University of Washington with BAs in ‘Medical Anthropology and Global Health’ and ‘Romance Linguistics.’ Currently he is working to create better health outcomes through improved doctor/patient relationships while on the path to a ‘Rural Health MD.’

*Random Powell –holds a BS in Human Resource Management from WGU, but hasn’t let that stop him from finding a passion in healthcare IT.

Alexis Sampson – earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and then began her career in the biotech industry. She also she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Portland.

*Char Smith – is a former Satori camper, former Tessera/Odyssey student, and current elementary school teacher. When he’s not writing for The Needling or hanging out with his two pugs, he can usually be found combing country and city records archives in his unending quest to learn everything about the region he calls home.

*Sam Thompsonis an Industrial Designer who has worked on everything from the stuff that gets glued on to the front of greeting cards, to architectural features consisting of 720 dinner plates suspended from a lobby ceiling in the topology of Northern Arkansas.

Shawn Tolley – is a music teacher in Spokane, WA.  His elementary music classes focus on performing music in a culturally responsible and traditional way.  He leads after school performance ensembles working in World Music and Dance (Shaura), Zimbabwean style marimba (Rutsungo), and Japanese taiko (乗り越える太鼓, Norikoeru Taiko).

Martin Weiser – is the retired chair of the Engineering & Design Department at EWU. He spent many years as the mentor for the EWU Rocketry club where students build and fly rockets ranging from larger models to high rockets weighing over 70 lbs that fly to well over 10,000 ft.

*Matthew Weiser – a nerdy rock climber who enjoys life and chases his passions, which include comic books and Dungeons and Dragons.

*Brannon Zahand – is a Senior Gaming Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft as well as a member of the gaming and disability community. After years spent in a variety of roles at Xbox, including at 343 Industries working on Halo 5 and Halo Infinite, Brannon now spends his days working to ensure that gaming is truly for everyone.

*Denotes former Satori campers.

EWU Camp Liaison:

Becky Chamberlain – She can answer your financial questions and help with registration. You can contact her regarding these issues at